Varsity not to implement exit option this year

UGC refuses to permit honours degree for UG course plus one year

The proposed multiple exit option system for courses in Bangalore University will not be implemented from this academic year, as planned earlier.

To make the degree courses flexible and to encourage more number of students to complete postgraduation, the university had planned to introduce a system of multiple exit options where students would get certificate even if they exited the degree course in between and would have the option of coming back to college and continuing education when it is feasible for them.

As per the plan, the students would have been eligible for a junior diploma on completion of one year college after II PU, a senior diploma on completion of two years and an undergraduate degree for three years. Also, the student could exit after one more year after the UG course and get an honours degree, if the two-year post graduation was not feasible for the candidate.

Speaking to mediapersons on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor said the UGC had not permitted this option.

“The UGC has specified that we could give honours degree, but that would have to be for three years degree. The honours degree could be given for specialisation in the three-year degree programme. Hence, as of now, the university is not in a position to implement the multiple exit option system.” But the vice-chancellor would write to the UGC apprising them of the need to introduce the exit system in view of globalisation.

In several countries, the four-year degree is permitted and the students here too can benefit from such a system if introduced, he said. The university also permitted two new courses at its academic council meeting. B Vocational Course in Data and Analytics and BSc Vocational Courses in Medical Lab Technology will be introduced from the current academic year in Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women in the City.

Development fee reduction

In the wake of protests by UVCE students, the university has also reduced the development fee that was notified earlier this month.

Instead of the earlier announced Rs 24,430, the fee for courses in UVCE now will be Rs 22,430. Also, students deserving fee concession will be given the same as per norms.

However, it would be the responsibility of the principal to ensure that the students applied for the scholarship. If the student did not apply for it online through the government department concerned, the department would not reimburse the student’s fee to the university and the university would, in turn, collect the amount back from the student, the vice-chancellor added.

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